Cold-blooded Murder: Rights Team

After paying a visit to the families of victims at Chettari hills in Dharmapuri, a fact finding committee of human rights forum has refuted the encounter theory of AP police and said the victims were brutally murdered by the Special Task Force (STF) inside the Seshachalam forest last Tuesday. The team headed by V S…

Human rights, rule of law vital for sustainable development: Ban

Kicking off the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha, Qatar, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon along with several other top UN officials on Sunday spotlighted the critical connection between rule of law and sustainable development. “All societies need fair criminal justice systems, effective, accountable institutions, and access to justice for all,”…

NHRC notice to Telangana on killing of undertrials

The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognisance of media reports that the Telangana police shot dead five undertrials while they were being taken to Hyderabad in connection with a court case on Tuesday. The Commission, which is currently holding a camp sitting here, issued notices to the Chief Secretary and the Director-General…

Centre suppressing dissent, say NGO representatives

In reaction to the MHA move to suspend Greenpeace’s registration for alleged “anti-development” activities, a cross section of NGO representatives The Hindu spoke to said that civil society was being actively muzzled by the NDA government. Pointing out that it would be misleading to label Greenpeace as a “foreign-funded organisation”, Samit Aich, its executive director…

Section 66A and International Human Rights

Liberty of thought and expression is a cardinal value that is of paramount significance under India’s constitutional scheme. The preamble of the Constitution of India inter alia speaks of liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship. Article 19(1)(a) of part 3 on Fundamental Rights of the constitution provides right to freedom of speech and…

India’s free speech debate is alive and well

This statement was originally published on pen-international.org on 27 March 2015. By Evan Rankin and Amy Tang The Supreme Court of India’s landmark decision on Tuesday [24 March 2015] signals a move towards greater protection of free expression in the world’s largest democracy. But there is still much to do. India’s highest court struck down…

Decriminalize defamation? Govt seeks panel’s view

The government has sought a report from the Law Commission whether defamation should be decriminalized before responding to the Supreme Court which has asked it to file response in four weeks. The Law Commission has held a consultation on the subject and a report on its website said “respondents overwhelmingly expressed dissatisfaction with the present…